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NIST Announces Expert Team to Investigate the Champlain Towers South Collapse
NIST Announces Expert Team to Investigate the Champlain Towers South Collapse
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced the expert team members who will conduct a technical investigation into the June 24, 2021, partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Florida. Captions forthcoming.
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NIST Announces Full Investigation on Champlain Towers South Collapse
NIST Announces Full Investigation on Champlain Towers South Collapse
B-Roll Video Reel - Champlain Tower NIST investigation
B-Roll Video Reel - Champlain Tower NIST investigation

Photo Gallery

Three people in hard hats and other safety gear bend over a broken concrete column marked with blue spray paint.
In this July 6, 2021, photo, NIST engineering experts examine a concrete column from the Champlain Towers South condominium before it was taken from the collapse site for preservation.
Credit: NIST
A piece of broken concrete column is lifted by a crane with construction equipment in the background.
In this July 7, 2021, photo, a concrete column is moved from the debris pile of the Champlain Towers South condominium to a staging area for tagging before being tagged and catalogued as evidence. 
Credit: NIST
Two people in hard hats and other safety gear look at a small piece of broken concrete that one of them is holding.
In this July 1, 2021, photo NIST staff members examine pieces of concrete removed from the debris pile at the site of the Champlain Towers South building partial collapse.
Credit: NIST
A person in a hard hat surrounded by debris including a crushed car takes a picture of a concrete block with a phone.
In this July 2, 2021, photo, a NIST staff member tags and photographs a building element that has been identified for preservation as evidence in the staging area near the site of the Champlain Towers South building collapse.
Credit: NIST
A man in a hard hat and other safety gear takes a picture of a broken concrete column with his phone.
In this July 6, 2021, photo, NIST engineering experts photograph and tag concrete columns from the collapsed Champlain Towers South condominium. Building elements were marked and tagged with unique identifying information before being moved to a long-term holding facility. 
Credit: NIST
Two people in hard hats and other safety gear examine broken concrete columns with a dumpster and a condominium building in the background.
In this July 6, 2021, photo, NIST engineering experts tag and photograph concrete columns from the collapsed Champlain Towers South condominium. Building elements were marked and tagged with unique identifying information before being moved to a long-term holding facility. 
Credit: NIST
Two people in hard hats and other safety gear bend over broken concrete columns marked with blue spray paint, with tents and construction equipment in the background.
In this July 6, 2021, photo, NIST engineering experts tag concrete columns from the collapsed Champlain Towers South condominium. Building elements were marked and tagged with unique identifying information before being moved to a long-term holding facility. 
Credit: NIST
The site of the Champlain Towers South partial collapse in Surfside, Florida
The site of the Champlain Towers South partial collapse in Surfside, Florida.
Credit: NIST
Palm trees stand in the foreground before a pile of debris with construction vehicles.
View of the Champlain Towers South condominium site from a balcony in an adjacent building to the south. NIST has positioned imaging equipment on the balcony to record the locations of items being preserved for study, and to record changes to the site as debris is removed.
Credit: NIST
Broken pieces of concrete marked with blue spray paint lay on the ground near a storage facility.
NIST staff members at the holding site for evidence that may help in the investigation into what caused the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium.
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A jagged piece of concrete slab on the ground.
Building elements such as columns, beams and floor slabs are identified, removed from the debris pile, tagged and moved to a holding area before the evidence is transported by police escort to an offsite storage facility where it will be preserved for study.
Credit: NIST
A man in a hard hat sits on a concrete column while looking at a scientific device.
NIST is using nondestructive test methods to determine the properties of concrete from the site of the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium. Here, an engineer evaluates the strength and quality of a concrete column using a method called Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity (UPV), which measures the velocity of an ultrasonic pulse passing through the sample.
Credit: NIST
Pieces of concrete marked with blue spray paint lay on the ground amid pieces of construction equipment.
Building elements such as columns, beams and floor slabs are identified, removed from the debris pile, tagged and moved to a holding area before the evidence is transported by police escort to an offsite storage facility where it will be preserved for study.
Credit: NIST
Broken concrete column with exposed rebar on the ground
Building elements such as columns, beams and floor slabs are identified, removed from the debris pile, tagged and moved to a holding area before the evidence is transported by police escort to an offsite storage facility where it will be preserved for study.
Credit: NIST
Three people in orange vests stand on a darkened balcony near a tripod.
NIST and National Science Foundation staff members discuss imaging of the Champlain Towers South site using lidar, which uses pulsed laser light to measure distances to objects, creating a 3D representation of the site.
Credit: NIST
A man in a hard hat crouches next to a concrete column, taking measurements.
NIST is using nondestructive test methods to determine the properties of concrete from the site of the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium. Here, an engineer evaluates the strength and quality of a concrete column using a method called Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity (UPV), which measures the velocity of an ultrasonic pulse passing through the sample.
Credit: NIST
Equipment stands on tripods on a balcony with the beach and sea in the background.
Cameras and lidar used by NIST and its partners scan and record the site of the Champlain Towers South condominium.
Credit: NIST
Four workers in hard hats look down at a damaged concrete pillar.
NIST and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff members inspect a building element from the Champlain Towers South partial collapse in Surfside, Florida, for its evidentiary potential.
Credit: NIST
 
 

 

Created June 30, 2021, Updated August 25, 2021